The Non-Traditional Workforce committee of the Workforce Development Alliance has compiled the resources below to aid local companies in their effort to develop a strong and consistent workforce and to hire individuals from non-traditional workforce pools.
Federal Bonding is a program established by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide Fidelity Bonds for hard-to-place job seekers. These bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the employer nor the applicant. This unique program incentivizes employers to hire individuals whose backgrounds can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment by offering financial protection in the event the individual causes a monetary loss to the employer.
Many people are surprised to learn that this program is not limited to those with a criminal record. Populations potentially eligible for this program include justice-involved citizens, individuals in recovery from substance use disorders, welfare recipients, individuals with poor credit records, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack work histories, and individuals dishonorably discharged from the military.
Each bond has a $5,000 limit with a $0 deductible. Bonds can be applied to:
Advantages of this program include:
Employers who hire workers in substance use recovery may enroll in the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program. This program is brought to you by your local Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
This program provides the following:
Individuals from this talent source may initially have some other specific needs to help them be successful at your company. Some things to consider when planning to tap into this population of job seekers include:
Use the hyperlinks below to view helpful resources from models that have proved successful in other areas as well as useful data regarding this population:
Local resources include:
OhioMeansJobs Knox County provides job readiness training within the local substance recovery agencies. To learn more about connecting with these job seekers, CONTACT US and an Employment Services Specialist will be in touch with you.
TouchePointe Marriage and Family Resources is a local organization that offers a Knox Works Program. This program partners with individuals to support them as they begin employment until they are self-sustaining. Click HERE to visit them on the web.
Riverside Recovery Services offers intensive and non-intensive outpatient services, residential services for men and women, and transition/sober living for men and women. Riverside understands the importance of second chances and whenever possible, has hired those in recovery, giving those staff a second chance to be part of the solution. Click HERE to learn more about this organization.
The Freedom Center is an outpatient substance use disorder and prevention and behavioral health treatment center. Their program allows individuals to receive treatment while living at their own homes and staying in their own community. Click HERE to learn more about their organization.